Low back, neck pain spending increases by $57.2B over 18 years: 5 things to know

Written by Mary Rechtoris | December 27, 2016 | Print  |

JAMA published a study analyzing where Americans and payers spent the majority of their healthcare dollars from 1996 through 2013.

Here are five things to know:


1. In the study period, $30.1 trillion of personal healthcare spending varied between 155 conditions.


2. In 2013, diabetes comprised the highest percent of healthcare spending, coming in at $101.4 billion that year.


3. Personal spending rallied for 143 of the total 155 conditions from 1996 through 2013.


4. Spending on low back and neck pain increased by $57.2 billion over the aforementioned period.


5. The study researchers concluded that spending across the 155 conditions "varied considerably," and the results may help the nation decide where to allocate its resources and efforts to reduce healthcare spending.


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